Broad activities designed to implement the three national goals and five southeastern Values are called Actions. They are initiated in multiple ways, with identified desirable outcomes.

Certified Prescribed Burner

A person who has completed the training and/or other requirements within their state to be afforded protection from a specified degree of liability.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

A mechanism used to address community wildfire risk and usually is a detailed plan catered to specific community needs.


A national program that empowers and supports homeowners to take individual responsibility for protecting their homes against wildfire risk.

The Cohesive Fire Strategy developed 3 national goals: creating and maintaining resilient landscapes, increasing the number of fire adapted communities, and increasing capability and safe and effective response to wildfires. These goals helped develop regional action plans for the three national regions.

Prescribed Fire

Any fire ignited by management actions under certain, predetermined conditions to meet specific objectives related to hazardous fuels or habitat improvement. A written, approved prescribed fire plan must exist, and NEPA requirements must be met, prior to ignition.

USDA Forest Service definition
SE Regional Action Plan

A plan specific to the wildland fire beliefs, needs, and values of the Southeast designed to achieve goals.


A specific and detailed activity designed to carry out an Action. Tasks have desired timeframes, identified collaborators, and occur in a specific geographical area. Tasks are utilized by land managers, fire managers, and other stakeholders to coordinate activities to implement the SE Regional Action Plan.


Five key values of importance were identified by scientific analysis in the Southeast: Firefighter and Public Safety, Marketable Products, Ecological Services, Cultural Values, and Property Protection. These values guided development of the SE Regional Action Plan.


An unplanned, unwanted wildland fire including unauthorized human-caused fires, escaped wildland fire use events, escaped prescribed fire projects, and all other wildland fires where the objective is to put the fire out.

National Wildfire Coordinating Group definition
Wildland Fire

Any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland, including prescribed fire, wildfire, and wildland fire use.

National Wildfire Coordinating Group definition